Assistant Director of Public Works

City of Austell
Austell, Georgia

To assist the Director of Public Works in the planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing the day-to-day work of the Streets, Fleet Maintenance, Sanitation/Recycling, and Water and Sewer divisions; oversees the maintenance of City streets; oversees the repair and maintenance of City vehicles and equipment; oversees the collection and disposal of garbage, and yard debris generated in the city; oversees the maintenance of all City water distribution, wastewater collection and treatment and stormwater management.

  • Plans and directs engineering designs and surveys, construction management, and other functions as assigned: coordinates work activities with department divisions, other city departments, local, state and federal governmental agencies, contractors, consultants, and other organizations; and reviews and approves construction plans, contracts and agreements, reports, land acquisitions, requests for proposals, project specifications, work orders, and utility and right-of-way permits.
  • Manages contract administration for subcontracted work and project management inspections.
  • Assists in the development, implementation and updating of policies and procedures for department and develops and implements the same for assigned divisions: formulates and develops work methods and practices, policies, standard operating procedures, and training programs; monitors implementation of rules and regulations; and updates policies and procedures as required.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of long- and short-term plans, goals, and objectives for department and develops and implements the same for assigned divisions: researches, assesses, and develops strategies to meet current and future community water and wastewater needs; and assists in implementing needed changes, modifications and/or enhancements.
  • Ensure that work is performed safely and in compliance with all state permits, laws, and regulations; participates in the conduct of safety meetings for departmental employees.
  • Works with adjacent counties and cities to develop mutually beneficial intergovernmental agreements regarding water and wastewater management.
  • Develops, implements and monitors policies, procedures, and protocols for area of assignment: interprets, explains and implements local, state, and federal laws, codes, and regulations; conducts staff meetings; and provides information, updates, and coordination of work activities.
  • Assistant Director of Public Works Assists in the development and implementation of the department budget and develops and implements the same for assigned divisions, including operating, maintenance and capital improvements: monitors expenditures and revenues to ensure compliance with approved budget; coordinates with division staff members regarding division budgets; and maintains related documentation.
  • Manages large, complex, water utility construction projects as assigned: defines scope of project; attends planning and status meetings; monitors budget and project timelines; solves problems and recommends solutions; responds to formal claims; reviews and approves expenditures; and makes presentations regarding project to community groups.
  • Prepares applications and proposals for funding from federal and state government agencies, private organizations, developers, and others; gathers and compiles information; completes and submits applications; administers funds according to funding agency rules and regulations; and maintains and submits all required documentation.
  • Consults and communicates with other departments, outside agencies and other individuals to review operations and activities, review and resolve problems, receive, and give advice and direction, and provide recommendations; attends and/or facilitates meetings; and provides information, reports, documentation, etc. as requested.
  • Responds to public complaints, questions, and problems; meets with local citizens to answer questions or hear and/or investigate problems.
  • Prepare periodic reports and ensure the maintenance of necessary operating records.
  • Provides cost estimates for Public Works projects; drafts technical specifications for subcontracted services; determines the need for requisition and inspects materials, equipment and supplies necessary to complete projects.
  • Coordinates operation with other departments, divisions, and agencies on various construction projects including operations during emergency and inclement weather conditions.
  • Manages, directs and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining and completing employee performance appraisals.
  • Organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work: prioritizes and schedules work activities in order to meet objectives: ensures that subordinates have the proper resources needed to complete the assigned work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; consults with assigned staff to assist with complex/problem situations and provide technical expertise.
  • Serves as Director in absence of the same: attends agenda preparation, attends City Council meetings, staff and other meetings and events; represents the department on various committees and at meetings and public hearings; attends and participates in meetings and forums, working with adjacent counties and cities to develop mutually beneficial intergovernmental agreements; and answers questions and provides information regarding department activities and plans.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Planning, Public or Business Administration, or related field required;
  • Supplemented by ten years of progressively responsible experience in water, wastewater, and/or stormwater engineering or operations activities, with a minimum of three years of supervisory experience as a division manager preferred; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
  • Designation as a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia is preferred.
  • Considerable knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices, and methods as applicable to a municipal setting.
  • Considerable knowledge of GIS.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license Class C. Class B CDL preferred.
  • Ability to read and interpret maps, engineered drawings, specifications, and shop drawings.
  • Water Distribution Operator Certification (preferred)

Salary & Benefits
$71,554.40 – $103,831.60 (annually)

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